I'm trying to decide on the rest of the parts for my new build - the information form is
at the bottom. I built my current system a few years ago - core 2 duo and gigabyte MB.
I do system administration for a living and team fortress 2 is my primary game.
For a processor, I guess it should probably be an i7. Although it annoys the
hell out of me that only certain models of i5 and i7 support the new AES
instructions as I do use encryption on Linux and for some things on
Windows and some of the software I use supports those new instructions.
Microcenter seems to have the best cpu pricing by far with the limitation
that it's only for in-store pickup, but I have one nearby.
Haven't given a lot of thought to it. Probably 6 GB to start with - 3 x 2 as
I do want to have some expansion space. Suppose I need to pick the motherboard
first before I can pick brand and speed of memory.
Probably want, what, 700 watts or so if a second GTX 250 may be added
in the future. Is that enough?
Approximate Purchase Date: soon
Budget Range: open - probably around $1200 - $1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 50% FPS (TF2, BBC2, L4D2) on Win 7; 50 % Linux, mostly Fedora and virutalized systems
Parts Not Required: monitor (Have Sceptre 1920x1200)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: sites that don't charge sales tax for California!
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
Overclocking: Maybe, see above
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 for desktop, the higher, the better for games.
Additional Comments: I like quiet systems. I live close to both Microcenter and Frys.
^ You might want to check out the ASUS X58 Sabertooth board...
CPU - If overclocking in the cards, then the i7 930 would suffice as you can put the money saved on a CPU Cooler,...but no plans to overclocking, then get the i7 950... http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...
But a moderate overclocking in BIOS might not have much effect in Linux I guess...
As anyone who does Linux development knows, going multithreaded is usually as simple as typing “make -jN”, where N is the number of parallel jobs that you want to execute while building your app (normally N = number of cores/processors + 1). At $200/$300 per processor, that would make the X6 a bargain-basement priced high-power workstation (Intel’s current six-core offering, the Core i7 9xx series, is actually faster than the X6 but also costs +$1000, out of the reach of mortals and students like myself).
With gaming and with HD6000 series GPUs so near you could consider waiting or hitting an IGP/SATA/USB 3.0 chipset like 880g ^^
What me basic X6/IGP template looks like w/o SSD + OS